Metropolitan Museum of Art Explorer

Introduction: “Art Explorer” is a user-friendly web application that provides seamless access to the vast collection of public-domain artworks from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a student, or simply curious about cultural heritage, this platform allows you to explore and appreciate art from various periods, styles, and regions.


  1. Search and Discover:
    • The homepage features a search bar where users can enter keywords, artist names, or specific art genres.
    • Upon hitting “Search,” the application queries The Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Access API to retrieve relevant artworks.
    • Users can filter results by time period, medium, artist, or geographic origin.
  2. Artwork Details:
    • Each artwork displayed includes essential information such as title, artist, date, and medium.
    • A high-resolution image of the artwork accompanies the details.
    • Users can click on the image to view it in full-screen mode, appreciating the intricate brushstrokes or fine details.
  3. Random Art Generator:
    • Feeling adventurous? Click the “Random Art” button to discover a surprise artwork.
    • It’s like a virtual treasure hunt through The Met’s extensive collection.

Technical Details:

  • The application utilizes The Met’s API, a RESTful web service that delivers data in JSON format.
  • The API provides access to over 492,000 public-domain artworks along with corresponding high-resolution images in JPEG format.
  • All images are available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, allowing users to download, share, and remix them freely.


  • “Art Explorer” is made possible by the ongoing efforts of curators, conservators, photographers, librarians, and technologists at The Met.
  • The initiative reflects The Met’s commitment to democratizing access to art in the digital age.

Explore the world of art at The Met’s Open Access and embark on your artistic journey! 🎨🔍

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